Swords and Daggers - Winter is hard and sharp, piercing every aspect of our being with it's unavoidable bitterness. However, those who choose to explore it can gain an understanding of balance, and inner solitude. Trees growing on the thin soil have the shallowest of roots and are often capitulated by the onslaught of the lake. Freezing water blown inland by the wind seals the deal. However, life is also relentless, and new opportunists will take the place carved out of the rocks by their ancestors.